Does your hair have a good 5-10 in. difference between it’s length wet versus dried and straightened? I FEEL YOUR PAIN. I actually find it quite fascinating. Being a natural hair’d girl I also understand that the tighter your curl pattern the more shrinkage you are bound to have. Those tightly coiled sista’s have to work extra hard for anyone to see their length while wearing their hair in its most natural state. So how can one manage this without havin to do damaging practices like flat ironing and blowdrying? Try any of these 5 options:
This method is done by putting your hair in several sections and using ponytail holders to wrap the hair and stretch it out while it is wet. It’s important to band the hair from root to tip in order to get the best elongation results. It is also important to cognizant of how tightly you are placing the holders as you don’t want to cause any breakage.
2. Air-Dry Then Blow Dry
I’ve found that letting my hair dry 90% of the way and then blow drying is much safer and healthier for it. I get to have the elongated look without the use of excessive heat. Be sure to use a good heat protectant and to take your time. Some heat from time to time is okay, just don’t over do it!
3. Bantu Knots
Another one of my favorites is letting my hair air dry and then doing a bantu knot out. You take several sections and then wind them in one direction until you can twist it over itself. Take the wound section and continuously wrap it around and around, forming the knot. Again be sure not to do it to tight, and I like to add a bobby pin to hold it down while I sleep. Then in the morning I carefully unravel and then fluff out.
4. Twist and Braids
These are all very common techniques to stretch the hair, but try doing this pre-shampoo. On wash day I always put my hair in 4-6 twists prior to washing. This gives you the ability to get the hair clean without letting it shrink up. Once you’ve completed the shampoo do the same thing while you condition. Then you can rinse and let air dry in those same twists. It not only makes washing your hair easier, it also helps keeps your hair elongated showing more of your true length!
5. Rod/Perm Roller Set
Many people enjoy the look of doing a curling set on their hair when it’s wet, but I think you can get even better and more elongated look if you let your hair air dry 50% of the way in twists first and then use the rollers. You will nice soft bouncy curls, and your hair will be full and longer looking.